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Highly rated host Tucker Carlson, no longer at FOX News

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Rashaed Esson

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#USA, April 26, 2023 – FOX News announced on Monday it has decided to “part ways” with Tucker Carlson, the network’s highest rated single host, who had more than three million viewers on an average night.

His last show of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was broadcasted on Friday April 21. That day also marked a gim milestone for the host; FOX Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch and FOX News chief executive Suzanne Scott reportedly made the decision.

Carlson was apparently informed about his future at FOX on Monday, April 24th.

The details surrounding Fox’s decision have not been revealed.

It’s only said ” FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”

However, suspicions as to why the decision was made surrounds the fact that the announcement comes the week after Fox News settled a massive defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million over the network’s circulation of “election lies”, to which Carlson was a key figure.

The lawsuit also revealed that Carlson disparaged his colleagues.

Despite his sudden departure, Carlson had a successful career since he joined FOX  in 2009 as a contributor. He served as co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend” from 2012 to 2016, then came his nightly show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” in 2016, until he transitioned to the 8 p.m. slot in April 2017.

Carlson’s absence will be filled with rotating hosts for now.

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Bob Marley movie performs

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#BobMarleyOneLove, February 19th, 2024 – Bob Marley: One Love debuted on February 14th, Valentines Day, banked  52 million dollars in six days domestically, according to reports, a huge accomplishment in the film industry. It set the record for the largest film opening of all time in Jamaica as well as new opening day records for a music biopic in the UK, France and other territories. Additionally it opened at number 1 in 13 markets.

 

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Ricardo Drue, International Caribbean Soca star dead

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#AntiguaandBarbuda, December 15, 2023 – Ricardo Drue, international soca artist suddenly passed away at the age of 38 on Tuesday December 12th, 2023, leaving the Caribbean and international soca lovers saddened.

The renowned artist is an Antigua and Barbuda native and known for many songs such as 2023’s Last One Standing, 2022s Tornado and 2020’s Vagabond.

According to reports, Drue was rushed to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre after he was found unresponsive in his room.

His cause of death has not yet been announced.

Fans are seen in the comment section of his songs on YouTube, expressing sorrow at his death.

For instance, one person said, “RIP Drue, thanks for all the good memories,” and another with, “sing in paradise Drue, thank you for the impact you made in the music industry.”

Patricia Roberts, Trinidadian soca artist who was engaged to Drue said, “I’d do anything to hear your voice, wake up!”

Roberts is now left to raise their seven-year-old daughter without her father.

Other soca artists are giving heat felt reactions to his untimely passing.

“I’m utterly confused and I don’t know how it’s possible! What a great soul, positivity and light. I send my deepest condolences and prayers to your family Patrice Roberts, only God knows why and He has a plan. May he rest in peace,” said Trinidadian singer Nailah Blackman.

Another, Bunji Garlin said, “Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Ricardo Drue at this time. It was and still is an honour to call him friend and brother as always when we see each other. He had a strong vision of self and where he wanted to take it. Love and respect to the fullest brother.”

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Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards ceremony held

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#USA, September 9, 2023 – The first ever annual Caribbean Music Awards was held on Thursday August 31st in Brooklyn, New York at King’s Theatre in Flatbush.

Being held in Brooklyn is a poetic move as the area is also known as New York’s “Little Caribbean” according to reports.

It was hosted by Wyclef Jean, Grammy winning Haitian rapper and musician, and it is described as a display of vibrance and a  spirited celebration of music, people and culture with West Indian roots, as reported by Dancehallmag.

Clef, speaking, said, “tonight is a very, very important night as we celebrate the Caribbean region. Tonight is history.They steal our culture and they change the name of it. They call it ‘pop.’ Tonight, we’re taking everything back to the Caribbean.”

The shows, as it’s a Caribbean representation in music, recognized artists from Caribbean music genres, including Soca, Dancehall, and Kompa, among others.

Award winners were decided by fans who voted for their favorite songs, artists, and music videos online, months prior to the event, according to reports.

There were various performances by popular artists such as Jamaican artists such as Dexta Daps, Kranium, Toni-Ann Singh and Romain Virgo who delivered a wonderful medley of Beres Hammond’s hits, honoring him, who was the the Elite Icon Award Honoree as well as male artist of the year

Hammond was also officially honored by the New York City Council for his contributions to the Caribbean community.

Another music legend Buju Banton of Jamaica, received a humanitarian award for his philanthropic foundation, the Buju Banton Foundation.

Other performers include Wayne Wonder, Alison Hinds, Jada Kingdom, Nailah Blackman, Ding Dong, Rupee, Baby Cham,  Angela Hunte and Stone Love.

Also, there were appearances from Doug E. Fresh, Skeng, MYA, Spice, Morgan Heritage, Konshens, Karlie Redd, Michael Rainey Jr. and Nicki Minaji among others.

Here’s a full list of  other award winners.

  • EP of the year (dancehall): Alkaline, The Ripple EFFX
  • Impact award (dancehall): Chronic Law
  • Impact award (reggae): Kabaka Pyramid
  • Impact award (soca): Viking Ding Dong
  • Performer of the year (soca): Mr. Killa
  • Album of the year (dancehall): Masicka, 438
  • Female artist of the year (dancehall): Spice
  • Male artist of the year (dancehall): Ding Dong
  • Male artist of the year (soca): Machel Montano
  • Female artist of the year (soca): Patrice Roberts
  • People’s choice award: Kes
  • Artist of the decade: Vybz Kartel
  • Collaboration of the year (soca): GBM Nutron & DJ Spider, “Down Dey”
  • Collaboration of the year (dancehall/reggae): Skeng & Nicki Minaj, “Likkle Miss”
  • Video of the year (dancehall/reggae): Popcaan & Toni-Anne Singh, “Next to Me”
  • Video of the year (soca): Patrice Roberts, “Mind My Business”
  • Best new artist (dancehall): Valiant
  • Best new artist (reggae): Samora
  • Best new artist (soca): Tempa
  • Kompa band of the year: Klass
  • Dance song of the year: Ding Dong, “BOUNCE”
  • Performer of the year (dancehall): Dexta Daps
  • Album of the year (reggae): Kabaka Pyramid, The Kalling
  • Lifetime achievement award: Machel Montano

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